Smart, who coached the Rams for six seasons and won 163 games as their coach, claimed career victory No. 200.
Texas (6-2) led 57-38 with 12 minutes left, then almost gave the game away. VCU (5-4) used a 25-5 run to take the lead at 63-62.
The Rams are an improving 3-point shooting team and got themselves back in the game from beyond the arc. Khris Lane made four 3-pointers in the second half and De'Riante Jenkins made one with 18.5 seconds left to get them within 69-67.
VCU faces Seton Hall in the Never Forget Tribute Classic in Newark, New Jersey.
What a game at the Siegel Center... #VCU uses 25-5 run to pull ahead, but eventually the Rams nipped by Texas, 71-67. Here's 2nd half highlights. Simply clutch shots to get VCU back into it. @NBC12@VCU_Hoopspic.twitter.com/FcyoqJ4mDu
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(AP Photo/Ben Margot). Houston Astros' Martin Maldonado, right, celebrates with Alex Bregman (2) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics' Emilio Pagan in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif.
Justin Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Houston Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of the AL West...More >>
Justin Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Houston Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of the AL West lead.More >>